Age: Secondary, Adult
NCMA and Nelson Cathedral
About Paul Chan
Paul Chan is one of the country’s leading organists with a magic combination of virtuoso keyboard skills, a big repertoire of music and a wonderful improviser. All of these qualities he has used with imagination and flair while presiding over the 4-manual Willis organ as Director of Music and Organist for five years at St Matthew-in-the-City, Auckland. He was also the organ tutor at King’s College from 2016 to 2021.
Paul received his first musical training in Hong Kong from a young age and has recorded for Radio Television Hong Kong with his prize-winning performance. A former organ scholar of Auckland’s Holy Trinity Cathedral, Paul gained his music qualifications from the University of Waikato and the University of Auckland, in addition to several diplomas from the Royal Schools of Music and the Royal College of Organists. He holds a teaching diploma from ABRSM and was awarded a fellowship diploma in organ by Trinity College London in 2018.
He has performed Saint-Saëns’ “Organ” Symphony with St Matthew’s Chamber Orchestra and given numerous organ recitals, including two at Auckland Town Hall, one of which includes his improvisation on the National Anthem “God Defend New Zealand”. His students have responded to his lively teaching and are high achievers in organ exams. During his time in Auckland, he has also served at St Andrew’s First Presbyterian Church for more than a decade. Before moving to Nelson, he was a trustee of the Auckland Town Hall Organ Trust and has served in the committee of the Auckland Organ Association.
He was appointed Organist at Christ Church Cathedral Nelson in November 2021.
Skills and expertise
Paul understands that learning to play an instrument can be challenging, and he does his best to create a supportive and positive learning environment.
In addition to his teaching skills, he also has a deep love and appreciation for the organ and its music. He has been playing the organ for many years and has a wealth of knowledge and experience that he is able to share with his students. He is passionate about helping his students discover the joy and beauty of organ music and helping them develop their skills to the best of their ability.
Paul teaches the organ both at NCMA and the Cathedral and accepts students who are at least grade 7 on the piano, preferably with grade 5 theory.